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Not a Hymn, but a Lovely Song

Post  Erodius on Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:08 am




The song is 'We Dance', from the musical 'Once on this Island', but it is nonetheless a beautiful, and surprisingly very pious and reverent song — one of few songs that address the Gods as real and worthy of loving worship.

The names of the gods are from Afro-Caribbean religion, but the Olympian analogues are easy to recognize.

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"O Best of Gods, blest daimon crown'd with fire . . . hear, and from punishment my soul absolve, the punishment incurr'd by pristine guilt, thro' Lethe's darkness and terrene desire: and if for long-extended years I'm doom'd in these drear realms Heav'n's exile to remain, O grant me soon the necessary means to gain that good which solitude confers on souls emerging from the bitter waves of fraudful Hyle's black, impetuous flood!"
-Iulianic Hymn to Apollon-Helios, ll. 65-106

"Having come for punishment, one must be punished. One must not pull apart the god within oneself."
-Iamblichus, Vita Pythagorica

"Truth would you teach, or save a sinking land,
All hear, none aid you, and few understand."
-Alexander Pope


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Re: Not a Hymn, but a Lovely Song

Post  tayarlin on Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:38 pm

You're right! This was a lovely song to hear to start my day.

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